SC escaped inmate captured, found in family member’s home

WSPA Staff


CHEROKEE CO., SC (WSPA) – The escaped Spartanburg County inmate, Blake Rochester, 25, has been captured, according to Cherokee County Sheriff Mueller.

Rochester was found in a home on a family member’s property off Cherokee Ridge Road, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff”s Office. He was taken into custody without incident.

Earlier Wednesday, Asheville police say they had spotted a suspicious person on I-40 west near exit 55 that matched Rochester’s description.

Other local media outlets have reported that he was captured in East Asheville.

Police say he wasn’t. It was someone else who matched his description.

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Rochester escaped Livesay Correctional Institution in Spartanburg on Tuesday morning, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC). Rochester remained at large as of Tuesday night.

Deputies searched for hours Tuesday on Union Highway and Old Race Track Road in Cherokee Co.

Investigators say Rochester carjacked a woman on Magnolia Street in Spartanburg around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The carjacking victim was punched several times in the chest and taken to Mary Black Hospital and later released, Spartanburg police said.

The SCDOC believes that Rochester was armed.

They say someone placed a 9 millimeter handgun near a wooded area in Cherokee Co. for him.

Rochester was sentenced to nearly five years for breaking into a motor vehicle in Cherokee County, according to the SCDOC.

Prison officials noticed Rochester missing when they did a check at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

He is now being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center, and will be transferred back to SCDOC.


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